Thursday, April 4, 2013

Clippers Drop Opening Game At Junior 'C' Hockey Atlantics

The Western Valley Panthers scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn a 3-2 win over the Chester Clippers at the Atlantic Junior 'C' Hockey Championship. Western Valley scored first to lead 1-0 after the first period, but a power-play goal from Alex Armstrong late in the second notched things at 1-1 going into the third period. Kyle Dilosa added a third period marker to give Chester their first lead of the game with 11 minutes left. The loss puts the Clippers at 0-1 to start the tourney. The Clippers will be back on the ice at 8:30 tonight to play last year's Atlantic runner-up, the Kivilliq Canucks of Nunavut.

White Point General Manager Resigns After 30 Years

The general manager of White Point says it's time to move on after 30 years on the job. Danny Morton has dealt with the highs and lows of the popular Queens County resort for the last three decades. Now, he says the timing is right to pursue something else.

Morton says he isn't rushing to take another position at another job, but hopes he will remain in Nova Scotia. His resignation is effective April 14. Chief Financial Officer Joanne Veinot will serve as acting general manager in the interim.

Chester Council Supports Request To Delay School Closures

The Municipality of Chester is supporting the province's education minister in her request to delay any school closings for the next year. Council has agreed to write a letter to the school board, asking members to respect the minister's decision and re-evaluate their situation. Gold River-Western Shore Elementary falls within the municipality's jurisdiction and is scheduled to close this fall. Warden Allen Webber says he understands the board is in a tight spot.

The chair of the school board noted they will seek legal opinion regarding its options. The matter is expected to be further discussed at the school board meeting next week.

Accounting Firm Still Interested In Future Library Space

The president of a Bridgewater accounting firm says the future space of the library building is his best option to move into. John Swain of Swain and Associates says an opportunity to move his business to another location in the town has fallen through. He explains the company has been growing and are in need of a new spot.

Swain's group, along with the non-profit group Cafe 12 are under consideration for the library space, once they move into their new home near the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The issue is expected to be in front of town council next week.

RCMP To Review Its Operations In Shelburne Town

The RCMP will conduct its own review of service to the Town of Shelburne. This follows a meeting this week between the Mayor and CAO of the town and the regional superintendent of the force. Mayor Karen Mattattal says the review should not be interpreted as a sign the Mounties might be doing a bad job in her town but rather to determine several things.

The mayor says a shortage of RCMP officers in the town is being addressed. A new officer has arrived and another is on the way and a third will hopefully be added in the coming months.

Court: Dog Dealer Drops Appeal, Due Back In May

A well-known dog dealer has dropped her bid to reserve a court ordered ban prohibiting her from selling canines. Gail Benoit was schedule to have a hearing on the matter today. However, she notified the court of her intention to drop the appeal Wednesday. Benoit will still return to court next month in relation to various charges of fraud and theft. The 43 year-old was charged in March based on allegations that she sold two boxers that she didn't own. A New Brunswick woman contacted police after she noticed her dogs were up for sale on the Internet. It's alleged Benoit was looking after the dogs at the time. Following a police investigation the dogs were returned to their rightful owner in Saint John.

Clippers Set To Defend Atlantic Junior 'C' Hockey Crown

The Chester Clippers open up play today at the Atlantic Junior 'C' Hockey Championship. The club is traveling to Hampton, New Brunswick to defend their title from last year. They will represent Nova Scotia following a five game series win over the Barrington Ice Dogs. Chester hits the ice at 3:30 this afternoon against the Western Valley Panthers of New Brunswick. The Clippers will then play last year's Atlantic runner-up, the Kivilliq Canucks of Nunavut at 8:30pm. You can follow all the action by clicking here .